noun, often attributive
cau·​li·​flow·​er | \ˈkȯ-li-ˌflau̇(-ə)r, ˈkä-, -lē- \

Definition of cauliflower 

: a garden plant (Brassica oleracea botrytis) related to the cabbage and grown for its compact edible head of usually white undeveloped flowers also : its flower cluster used as a vegetable

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On a rimmed sheet pan, toss cauliflower, tomatoes and jalapeños with ¼ cup oil and ½ teaspoon salt. Melissa Clark, The Seattle Times, "How to make sheet-pan suppers without the meat," 1 Oct. 2018 In a large bowl, toss together cauliflower, onion, rosemary, oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Redbook Test Kitchen, Redbook, "Ham, Cheese and Cauliflower Galette," 20 Aug. 2018 What’s so awful about a too-salty steak, or stringy cauliflower mash? Lillian Li, Bon Appetit, "The 3 Dishes I’m Glad I Ruined," 5 Apr. 2018 It certainty helps a winter tomato salad, can be stirred into mashed potatoes, and a little bit in a cauliflower mash is just plain awesome. Fred Thompson, charlotteobserver, "This homemade blue cheese dressing will give you the ultimate wing experience," 27 Feb. 2018 Transfer the cauliflower to the prepared baking sheet to drain, then season with sea salt. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "Be Ambitious This Thanksgiving: 3 Bold Recipes From One of L.A.’s Most Talked About Restaurants," 2 Nov. 2018 To reduce carbs, cauliflower was mashed like potatoes and served with the beef. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "A Guide to Surviving the Longest Flight in the World," 16 Oct. 2018 Meaty and versatile, cauliflower is the center of attention these days. Debbi Snook,, "Paula Wolfert's Armenian Cauliflower (recipe)," 25 Apr. 2018 Add the riced cauliflower and broccoli slaw to the pan. The Washington Post,, "Red wine-braised brisket is ideal for Passover and beyond," 3 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of cauliflower

1597, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cauliflower

Italian cavolfiore, from cavolo cabbage (from Late Latin caulus, from Latin caulis stem, cabbage) + fiore flower, from Latin flor-, flos — more at cole, blow

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cau·​li·​flow·​er | \ˈkȯ-li-ˌflau̇-ər, ˈkä-\

Kids Definition of cauliflower

: a vegetable that is a white head of undeveloped flowers and is related to the cabbage

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